Sunday Submissions: Words Without Borders Launches ‘Poems in Translation’ Contest

Words Without Borders (WWB) has launched a “Poems in Translation” contest, with Mónica de la Torre set to judge the inaugural competition:

According to WWB, winning poems will be co-published on their website and “Poem-a-Day,” the daily poetry series produced by the Academy of American Poets.

The new contest, organizers write, aims “to spotlight some of the groundbreaking poets working around the world today and to celebrate the art of translating poetry.”

To that end, authors of the original poems must be living in order to qualify for the prize.

The contest is open to contemporary international poetry translated into English, and four winning translations will be chosen by WWB editors along with poet-translator-scholar Mónica de la Torre.

Each of the winning poets and translators will be awarded $150.

Submissions will be accepted from May 28, 2019, through midnight June 28, 2019. For more on contest guidelines and how to submit, visit the WWB Submittable.